The Ryder Cup results 2010 were actually settled today. At last, the 2010 Ryder Cup results overshadowed concerns about the weather, and just in time. There were clear skies today, which left the golfers to actually be the big story on this historic finish. However, for much of the way, it looked like the competition would be lopsided after Europe took a big lead on Sunday. Yet the Americans rallied back and made things come down to the final match, although the Ryder Cup finally went in Europe’s favor after that.
Heading into today, the Europeans were up by 9 ½ – 6 ½, and only needed five points for victory. The Americans needed to win a clear majority of singles matches to come back, as they had to get 7 ½ points somehow.
As it turned out, the Ryder Cup began to look favorable for a comeback. Although Europe still maintained the lead, the USA was inching its way back. Steve Stricker pulled a 2 & 1 upset over Lee Westwood, while Tiger Woods got an easy win over Francesco Molinari and Stewart Cink halved his match over Rory McIlory. Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and Jeff Overton also won big as well.
Slowly but surely, the results were tightening up. The biggest comeback of the day came from Rickie Fowler, who won the final four holes over Edoardo Molinari to get a huge point. By the end, the two squads were even at 13 ½ points, with one match still in play.
If Hunter Mahan could halve his match against U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, they would have the 14 points they needed to maintain the title. However, McDowell was ahead much of the way, so Mahan needed a comeback of his own. It looked to be in range, after Mahan closed the deficit to 1-up with three holes left.
Yet the Ryder Cup was finally decided for good when McDowell sunk a long birdie putt on 16 to all but finish things. Mahan had to win the last two holes after that, but he could not salvage the 17th.
By the slimmest of margins, the Europeans took the title back, with a 14 ½ – 13 ½ triumph. Despite having a comfortable lead going into today, they nearly suffered a historic collapse on their home soil. But McDowell capped off his star-making season by clinching the crown, which may be an even larger achievement than his U.S. Open victory – at least in Europe.
Stewart Cink was close to beating McIlory, and Jim Furyk suffered a bitter 1-up defeat to Luke Donald. If even one of those matches went different, then the Ryder Cup results would have completely changed. Yet they were just two of several missed opportunities for America this weekend.
The rain finally backed off for a historic ending, in more ways than one – but the Europeans are the only ones celebrating it today. Now the Americans have two years to recover, before the 2012 showdown in Illinois.
Yahoo Sports- “Leaderboard”
ESPN- “Europe needs final-match win for title”